Bas de Jonge, business lead digital change & innovation
“Alongside my traditional role as a risk manager, I spend most of my time as program leader for the digital change & innovation program with the CFRO of the Asset Management business unit, which to me is one of the most dynamic parts of APG. Together with 25 colleagues we are running six projects and a competence center, focusing mainly on how the future CFRO position will be given shape. Where do we want to be and how should we develop our tools, techniques and people? The standard profiles of risk controllers, IT auditors and accountants will disappear, but will be replaced by many more multidisciplinary bridge builders.
We need a new blood group. Not only must we avoid being overtaken by the market, we also aim to continue to improve. As the second line within the CFRO position, our aim is to present our information, insights and advice to the first line decision makers accessibly and intuitively so that they can take a proactive approach. This is a switch from analyzing existing information to a predictive role, and calls for a different approach and an IT savvy mind. You do not need to be a programmer, but you do need to understand how a process is supported by IT and what the language of the business is. The interface between business and IT is becoming increasingly relevant, especially with our DevOps approach.